Zim golfers impress at Safari Tour opening
ZIMBABWEAN professional golfers Robson Chinhoi and Visitor Mapwanya launched their 2021/2022 Safari Tour campaign on a level playing field.
They finished tied for fifth in the season opener on the Sigona Golf Club par 72 course in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday.
Chinhoi, who won the Safari Tour three times last season, finished with a round of 70 to two under par as he improved each round with 74, 72 and 70 cards in the first three rounds.
His tournament total of two under par 286 saw him finish tied for fifth, alongside compatriot and close friend Mapwanya, who recently moved to the Kenya-based West African Tour.
Mapwanya also finished solid, after a slow start, scoring 69 in the final round, following the previous laps of 74, 71 and 72.
The other Zimbabwean on the field, Tafadzwa Mpofu, finished in 14th place, on his Safari Tour debut, having obtained cards in 69, 74, 79 and 73.
This week’s opening event, which began on Sunday, drew a field of 63 players from several African countries.
The players came from Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi and the host country Kenya.
The tournament was won by Kenyan junior golfer Taimur Malik, who beat local pro Mohit Mediratta on the second hole of the jump-off, to claim the title.
Malik, 17, of Muthaiga Golf Club, who was the only amateur player to qualify for the second round, shot a course record of seven under par 65 on the final round.
This saw him catch up with Edwin Mudanyi of Mediratta and Vet Lab Sports Club, with a total of four under par of 284, which saw the three advance to a play-off.
The final ranking – Top 8
Taimur Malik (A) 73, 73, 73, 65 = 284
Edwin Mudanyi 76, 72, 64, 72 = 284
Mohit Mediratta 70, 67, 71, 76 = 284
Samuel Njoroge 71, 76, 67, 71 = 285
Visitor Mpwanya (Zim) 74, 71, 72, 69 = 286
Robson Chinhoi (Zim) 74, 72, 70, 70 = 286
Eric Ooko 74, 71, 74, 70 = 289
Simon Ngige 70, 73, 74, 73 = 290
Dismas Indiza 72, 72, 73, 73 = 290. – Zimsportlive.